Category - Rep. Sam Kito III

Rep. Sam Kito III

Representative Kito’s Newsletter: Fall is in the Air

I have had a very busy summer, and now fall is in the air. My daughter is back in school, and has her first swim meet this weekend. In early August, I attended the Council of State Governments meeting in Anchorage where I participated in sessions on retirement plans, marijuana initiatives, economic development, healthcare and state legislation. I was able to learn an amazing amount about issues and statutory solutions in other states, some of which could benefit Alaskans.

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Representative Kito’s Newsletter: Community Needs

With the summer well upon us, I hope everyone is able to stay dry, warm and safe! I have been traveling around the district listening to and hearing from everyone as I go. I spent some time in Skagway hosting a constituent meeting and speaking before the Skagway Assembly. I also had an opportunity to host a constituent meeting here in Juneau with Senator Egan. I traveled to Gustavus for their Centennial Celebration and toured the Falls Creek Hydro facility and the Gustavus Disposal and Recycling Center.

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Rep. Kito’s Newsletter: 28th Legislative Session Ends

We have finally finished work in the 28th legislative session after ninety–five days. Our work continued beyond the statutory 90-day limit imposed by the voters in the 2006 election. I am grateful for all of the communication and support I have received from District 32 during my short time in this position. In addition to the Operating and Capital budgets we passed this year, there were several pieces of important legislation that were considered, passed, or left on the table.

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Rep. Sam Kito III’s Newsletter: Less Than Ten Days to Go

The pace here in the Legislature has picked up considerably with only a little over a week to go. With the passage of the operating budget from both houses, and establishment of the operating budget Conference Committee, we are now under the 24 hour rule which means committees can schedule bill hearings with 24 hour notice. We have also started having floor sessions into the evening, working our way through bills and resolutions. Some major pieces of the “end game” are in play including the capital budget, the education bill and the natural gas pipleline bill. There is still some question about whether we will be able to complete our work before the statutory session deadline of April 20th.

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Rep. Sam Kito’s Newsletter: Bills on the Move

This week, the education debate has heated up with House Finance releasing a Committee Substitute and considering amendments to the omnibus Education bill (HB 278). The bill that finally came out of the committee included some troubling changes from the Education Committee version. I am especially concerned about the changes to the Teachers Retirement System (TRS), which could cause the insolvency or exhaustion of the trust fund in ten years. This would result in a pay-as-you-go plan that would make active teachers pay for retired teachers and significantly increase the required contribution by active teachers.

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